Jenni Higginbotham visits the recent exhibition Bernard Chaet: Coastal Memories at LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Higginbotham writes: "Known best for his landscape paintings, the subject matter of Chaet's work challenges and celebrates the representational power of paint. A gushy slab of burnt sienna is a cloud on the sea’s horizon. Oblong slathers of cadmium orange are rocks on a shore... For over 60 years Chaet has pushed the traditional logic of representational painting... Some of his recently completed paintings were begun in the 90's, so conventional wisdom such as 'don’t overwork it' have little clout with Chaet."